NOW is a great time to get out and experience some of the beautiful colours of autumn, wherever you are in France.
Here courtesy of Maison de la France is a look around the Lot valley and some of the activities you could enjoy.
The Lot covers five districts in four regions of France offering you the chance to take a bike ride, enjoy some fishing or just discover some of the towns and villages of the area.
In Lozère, the tracks aroung Florac, known as the drailles, are the trails left by cattle when travelling up and down the slopes are a real experience for mountain bike lovers.
Cycle through the Cantal countryside on the véloroute crossing extinct volcanoes on a route stretching over 100 miles but where accommodation, restaurants and even bike doctors for when your bike gets tired too, are close at hand.
There is also a véloroute in the Lot-et-Garonne following the river for 50 miles through the countryside and farmlands.
The Santiago de Compostela pilgrim track, G65, is an authentic way to explore the Lot Valley, following in the footsteps of pilgrims.
In the Lot you will come across several UNESCO world heritage sites: The cathedral St Etienne in Cahors, the church of St Sauveur and the crypt of St. Amadour in Rocamadour.
The bridge in Cahors also figures on the list revealing the symbolic significance of river crossings.
In Lozère you can follow Robert Louis Stevenson’s footsteps with or without the donkey.
L’Aveyron offers a trek named Davalda combined with gastronomy and cultural discoveries. This track covers 15 miles through l’Aubrac and Ste Geneviève sur Argence.
Of course all these wide open space and tracks are also perfect for horse riding.
The Lot covers more than 12,000 acres of lakes with a wide variety of species of fish and is a natural paradise for fishermen.
The River Lot is only navigable in the Lot and the Lot-et-Garonne so you can rent a boat and travel up and down the river stopping at vineyards for wine tasting and farms to enjoy a festive night along the river bank.